Implementation of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement

Program: Advanced Inuit studies 1902X
Term: Fall
Course code: SSC0035

It's been over twenty years since the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) was signed in 1993. Many parts of the Agreement have been fully implemented, while disagreements have arisen over the implementation of other parts.

In this course, students will learn the story of the NLCA's implementation through a detailed examination of selected Articles within the agreement. This will involved documentary research followed by interviews with personnel in the various stakeholder groups (NTI, and the governments of Canada and of Nunavut) who are actively involved in the implementation process. Students will learn how to prepare briefing notes.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the overall structure of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA).
  • Identify and utilize the key documents relating to the implementation story
  • Determine, through documentary research and interviews with key stakeholders, the degree to which implementation has been successful in relation to selected Articles in the Agreement
  • Analyze the factors that have contributed to the success or failure of implementation
  • Prepare effective briefing notes on the implementation of selected Articles
Learning Activities
  • lectures by instructors
  • documentary research
  • guest presentations by, and conference calls with, land claim officials (past and present)
  • visits to stakeholder organizations (i.e. NTI, Government of Canada)
  • group conference calls with staff in stakeholder organizations
  • group collaborative projects (research and presentations)